No matter what freeway you get on, you’ll always find yourself in the presence of semi-truck. Truck drivers can be men or women, young or old, independent drivers or company drivers and more. No matter who the driver, they take a lot out of their lives to get you the goods you need.

With the help of television and movies, you may think you have an understanding of what the truck driver life entails. However, the only people that really know about it are the people out on the road. Trucking is the backbone of the economy all across the nation and the men and women that drive these vehicles could easily be considered American icons.

Truck drivers have a wide range of duties and responsibilities such as driving for extended periods of time, logging hours and destinations in their logbooks, load and unload their own trucks, keep track and make sure that they’re delivering the right thing to the right place at the right time and many more obligations. On top of that, they are also faced with an assortment of danger every day. They often drive long hours during the night to avoid traffic, which means they face falling asleep at the wheel, drunk drivers, deer running into the highway and losing sight of the road on a daily basis.

We should all be thankful for these people who spend their lives out on the road. They drive and drive to provide us with anything and everything we could need in our stores. They face brutal weather at times, endless traffic and common stereotypes. Truck drivers are a brave and selfless community and they don’t get much thanks for it. They leave their families for weeks at a time to help the economy grow. Would you be willing to do that?

This Thanksgiving when we are all sitting at our beautiful and bountiful tables filled with every holiday food possible, surrounded by loved ones that we get to see regularly, try to remember the many men and women that are driving alone and missing out on that Thanksgiving feast. They are out there getting a job that only they could do done. So if you see a truck driver at a gas station, try to thank them for all that they do and all that they face in their line of work.